Salon seeks downtown space

A “multicultural, full-service salon” has its eye on an Irving Street property but needs a waiver from the Redevelopment Agency to operate at the proposed location.

Lisa King presented her plan for “Heavenly Hair Styles” to the Redevelopment Agency Wednesday night. A city ordinance does not allow personal service businesses within 1,000 feet of each other and since the property is within a redevelopment area, the Redevelopment Agency would have to grant the waiver. A barber shop, Earl’s Cuts and Curls, is located a few doors down from the site. A similar waiver was granted this summer for Carriage City Cleaners to operate in the hotel building while Fulton Cleaners is only a block away.

Elizabeth-based Silcon Inc., which constructed Carriage City Plaza, renovated the property at 1645 Irving St. for some Hotel Indigo operations. The space would be subdivided for the salon, King said. It would occupy about 1,350 square feet on the first floor and basement.

Redevelopment Agency Attorney Frank Regan said a recommendation on the waiver request would be made to commissioners at next month’s meeting on Oct. 1.